Probing the center
UAA dance student Katie O'Loughlin will make her directorial debut with a new piece titled "Middle Ground." O'Loughlin says her work explores "the connection between technology and choreography" and "seeks to visually interpret the concept of 'middle' through movement, bodies, sound, space, lights and projections." It sounds like a lot of work to get a grade. Tickets are $10 at the door of the Harper Studio at the UAA Fine Arts Building, with presentations at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan 27-28 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.
Bouquet of song
Seven of the city's most gifted vocalists will perform a recital of art songs by Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, Faure and other composers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. University of Alaska Anchorage voice faculty members Kate Egan, Mari Hahn, Christine Keene and David Dunlap will be joined by guest artists Stasia Jamieson, Maura Wharton and Daniel Comer. The recital will take place in the UAA Fine Arts Building recital hall. Tickets are available at artsuaa.com or by calling 907-786-4849.
View of the skies
Each year the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, sponsors a competition for astronomy photographers that draws entries from around the world — and across the heavens — and elicits oohs and ahs from spectators. The Discovery Center at the Anchorage Museum is showing the winning and runner-up images along with an assortment of photos that the royals refer to as "highly commended," selected from more than 4,500 submissions. The display is included with museum admission and will run through Feb. 28 in conjunction with a jaw-dropping show about the photos in the Thomas Planetarium. An additional ticket is required for the planetarium, where the presentation will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Dick Reichman's play "Money," originally produced with the late Jerry Harper in the lead role, has returned to Cyrano's. David Haynes takes on the beefy role of a flim-flamming financial adviser and Becca Mahar is the street waif who crosses his path and leads to revelations about life, lies and investments. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 12. Tickets are available at centertix.net.